(1998)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 19 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
All bets are off. For my money, Vincent Gallo wins the Triple Crown of indie filmmaking -- for writing, directing and starring in Buffalo '66.
100
Entertainment Weekly
It's all somehow both familiar and dazzling, just as Ricci's kidnapped tap student, forced to pose as the protagonist's wife for his horrifically indifferent parents, is somehow both nondescript and heartbreaking.
100
This says nothing about Gallo's own demonic charm as Billy or his directorial boldness in juxtaposing the emotional surreality of his story with the bleak reality of his hometown in winter, creating a sort of casual but strangely haunting weirdness.
90
Alternately satirical and romantic, full of pain and humor, Buffalo '66 is a winner.
80
Gallo transcends the medium in a manner I only associate with David Lynch. It's brilliantly spooky.
78
In the end, it's a love story after all, but a peculiarly Gallocentric one -- cheap, nasty, but salvageable nonetheless.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Plays like a collision between a lot of half-baked visual ideas and a deep and urgent need. That makes it interesting...and the film contains an astonishing performance by Christina Ricci, who seems to have been assigned a portion of the screen where she can do whatever she wants.
75
ReelViews
Gallo's script is quirky and filled with a number of hilariously strange comic moments.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
By turns raw, naturalistic and indebted to John Cassavetes, both stylistically and thematically.
40
Gallo's poor, poor pitiful me routine wears very thin, very fast, but Ricci is incandescent, a softly-glowing dumpling of a dream-girl in powder-blue fishnet tights and sparkly tap shoes: She's the diamond in the dirt.
38
The movie is an ill-advised work of egomania by someone who clearly has some talent, but not as much as he seems to think.

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